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More on the PLAN

August 18, 2005 - Still en route back to the sunny South, after a two-day stay in not-so-sunny (but still beautiful) Seattle for the Progressive Legislative Action Network gathering.

A PLAN Take Form

August 17, 2005 - The Institute is represented here in cloudy Seattle at the Progressive Legislative Action Network conference, which is being held amidst the annual gathering of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

A Small Anniversary

August 12, 2005 - It blew right by us like a gust of summer heat, but August 10 marked the 6-month anniversary of our patch of progressive blogdom, Facing South. Given the blog pioneers in our midst, that means we're still newbies -- although with thousands of new blogs setting forth daily, we feel older every day.

Weird Photo Op

August 8, 2005 - Law-enforcement buff and possible future cop Shaquille O'Neal has been recruited by the sheriff of Bedford County, Virginia, to take part in PSAs for an effort to combat internet crimes against children.

Triangle Event: Challenging the Jobs Scam

August 8, 2005 - Each year, cash-strapped state and local governments shovel over $50 billion worth of tax breaks, free or low-cost land, and other "recruitment incentives" to corporations who promise to locate or expand in their area.

Don't Trust John Leo

July 27, 2005 - Across the country this morning, dozens of newspapers -- including, unfortunately, my own Raleigh News & Observer -- were disgraced with an particularly execrable editorial by John Leo.

War is Hell -- Unless You're Halliburton

July 26, 2005 - In case you missed it: in this time of shared sacrifice for war, Halliburton announced last Friday (pdf) that subsidiary KBR's quarterly revenues from Government and Infrastructure work increased 284 percent from 2004 to 2005.